- Second month of the old Roman Calendar
- Fourth month of the Gregorian Calendar
- Has 30 days
- Thingyan means “Change”.
- Cula Thingyan (small change) occurs every month when the Sun sign enters a new Yathi / Rasi.
- Maha Thingyan (big change) occurs every year on April 13
In the Geocentric Model, the Sun sign enters Meiktha on April 13
- Three or four days of Water Festival
Some perform meritorious deeds (e.g. helping the Elderly, observe Eight Precepts)
Myanmar New Year
- Usually falls on April 16 (for three days of Thingyan)
- Often fall on April 17 (for four days of Thingyan)
- The deadline for filing taxes in the USA is April 15.
- If April 15 falls on the weekend, the deadline is moved to the following Monday.
- In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline was moved to July 15
- NCAA Basketball Tournament Finals
Tournament started with 64 – 66 College Teams in March
Four teams make to the “Final Four”
The winner is crowned NCAA Basketball Champion
- Occasional : Passover (celebrated by the Jews)
- Occasional : Easter / Resurrection of Jesus Christ (celebrated by Christians)
- Occasional : The Islamic Calendar is purely lunar; so Ramadan falls on different months in the Solar Calendar. In 2020, Ramadan falls in 2020.
- In 2020, due to “Social Distancing” measures to contain COVID-19, most celebrations were “toned down”.
Over the years, we lost three relatives during the Thingyan period.
- U Than Lwin (Eric, uncle)
- Daw Mya Mya (Emerald, cousin)
- Dr. Khin Tun (Peter, son of my cousin U Tin U) on April 13, 2020
On a bright note, there are some birthdays and anniversaries of uncles, aunts and cousins.
- April Love (Movie / Song)
- April in Portugal (Song)
- April showers bring May flowers (Saying)
- Wrote a poem about Ngapali Beach.
Visited Ngapali three times.
One trip was to give a Guest Lecture at the Ngapali Luyechun Camp for university students.
RIT Alumni Newsletter
Started the “RIT Alumni International Newsletter” in April 1999.
It was partly responsible for the “First RIT Alumni Grand Reunion and Saya Pu Zaw Pwe” in San Francisco in October 2000.